Why Is School Choice Important?

The following is the first in a series of three guest posts on The Arkansas Project blog. This week marks the celebration of National School Choice Week, which provides an opportunity toshowcase how empowering parents through more choices improves education. Participants in National School Choice Week support a variety of school choice options — from traditional public schools to public… Read more →

Friday Freakout: Do It to Your Own Children, Not Other People’s

The following was a blog post created by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice based on my digital word exchange with Diane Ravitch, an opponent of school choice. Today’s Friday Freakout comes from the heated comments section of Diane Ravitch’s blog titled, “How Embarrassing for the Friedman Foundation.” We responded to her blog post here, but something very interesting happened… Read more →

No “Amazon” Internet Tax

In an attempt to acquire more money from consumers and businesses, state lawmakers are proposing legislation that would force Internet retailers to collect Michigan’s six percent sales tax if the seller has an “affiliate” located in Michigan. On Wednesday at 9:00 AM, the House Tax Policy Committee heard testimony on House Bills 4202 and 4203, commonly referred to as “Amazon” Tax Laws. MLive reports that: The House… Read more →

Sluggish Economy? Blame Government-Induced Uncertainty

The Romeo Area Tea Party recently hosted Hillsdale College Economics Professor Dr. Gary Wolfram at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township. The topic of conversation was how government was creating uncertainty and slowing the economic recovery from the 2008 recession. “If I were to tell you that the recession ended in June 2009,” he opened, “you’d be surprised.” He’s right.… Read more →

Medicaid Expansion is Inhumane, Our Most Vulnerable Deserve Better

Patient-centered care vs. government-controlled care Last week, the Michigan House of Representatives voted 76-31 in favor of Medicaid expansion. Twenty-eight Republicans joined all but one Democrat in the vote for passage of HB 4714. The charge was lead by Rep. Mike Shirkey (R-Clarkston), who thus justified his vote: “There are perfectly good legitimate reasons to oppose” but “sound, reasonable reasons to support” Medicaid… Read more →

Michigan Lawmakers Looking to Halt Common Core Standards

Michigan lawmakers this week stood up for state sovereignty regarding education policy and passed budgets that prohibit any funding for the controversial Common Core system. As the Washington Times reports, “The Michigan measure is the latest blow to the system, now under fire from Republicans across the nation and others who fear it represents the surrender of local control over schools.”… Read more →

Taxpayers Missing Among Supports Behind Gas Tax Increase

Tuesday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held hearings on three bills: House Bill 4358, 4359, and 4539. Supporters of increasing taxes and fees on Michigan residents were out in plenty; suit after suit appeared to testify in support of raising an additional $1.4-1.6 billion dollars in order to “Fix the Roads.” One voice missing from the discussion–You!  Not one single lawmaker on the committee stood… Read more →

FrackNation Review: Fracking for the Truth

There certainly is a lot of ‘frackus’ surrounding hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Hydraulic fracturing is a process of breaking up rock thousands of feet below the Earth’s surface that contains oil or natural gas. It has been a standard since the 1940s. New technology has enable horizontal drilling from some existing wells to reach new sources of natural gas. FrackNation, a new… Read more →

“SnyderCare” is State-Based ObamaCare

by Greta Pisarczyk & Greg George Adoption of optional components of Obamacare, Medicaid expansion and the implementation of a partnership exchange will signify the realization of “Snydercare” in Michigan, an egregious healthcare bureaucracy bought and paid for with federal blood money. Governor Snyder’s de facto endorsement of Obamacare will expedite and enable implementation. Ironically, while lawmakers at the federal level are… Read more →